All invited to North Devon Festival launch

Joseph Bulmer

The region’s premier celebration kicks off on June 2 in Barnstaple

EVERYONE is invited along to a rock ‘n’ roll party on Thursday, June 2 to launch the 13th North Devon Festival in Barnstaple.

In preparation for the June run of West End musical Buddy, the public are invited to don 1950s gear or Buddy Holly specs and join staff at the Queen’s Theatre from 2pm to help celebrate the start of the 2011 festival.

Win free entry into a lucky dip with prizes that include theatre and event tickets, as well as festival goodie bags, treats and sweets.

The 30 day smorgasbord of culture will once again see theatre, dance, music, art, sports, exhibitions and community events at venues spanning the whole of the region.

Star turns for this year include the death-defying acrobatic Shaolin Monks, folk sensation Seth Lakeman, plus Blazing Fiddles, The Philharmonic Orchestra and Tony Christie.

There is a five day run of Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story, billed as the most successful rock ‘n’ roll musical ever and direct from the West End.

The North Devon Festival continues to champion the best of local talent alongside household names in the form of hundreds of individual events.

Back again are major festival mainstays such as GoldCoast Oceanfest at Croyde, the Barnstaple Fringe collection of music performances in the town’s pubs and cafes, plus the equally diverse four day Fringe Theatrefest.

North Devon’s top artists and makers will once again welcome all into their homes, workshops, studios and a variety of host venues as Art Trek returns.

The community side of the festival will be everywhere, with dozens of events ranging from Ilfracombe Victorian week to fetes, fairs and heritage days.

Free walks, dance, crafts and discovery workshops for a range of ages are also hallmarks of the all encompassing North Devon Festival.

All are welcome to wear 50s costume and find out the full range of events and activities on offer throughout June, by coming along to the Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple on Thursday, June 2 from 2pm. Or visit www.northdevonfestival.org.

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